LYNCHBURG, VA. (NCBWA) — Saint Mary's baseball's Kevin Milam collected another accolade to his decorated rookie year after being named on the 2017 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-Freshman Team, the organization announced Monday.
A total of 31 freshmen from 29 different schools were honored as part of the All-Freshman Team. The Freshman All-American team is voted upon by the membership of the NCBWA. The 2017 NCBWA National Freshman Player of the Year and National Freshman Pitcher of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, June 13.
Milam was recently named National Frosh of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and was honored as an All-American Third-Team member by the CBN. He was also named the WCC Freshman of the Year on May 23.
Milam landed on both the all-WCC second team and the WCC all-freshman team. He earned WCC Player of the Week along with two National Player/Hitter of the Week honors (Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, NCBWA) for the final week of the regular season, May 15-21.
Milam hit .313 with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs while also posting a 3-1 record on the mound with nine saves and a 2.27 ERA. Offensively, he led the Gaels in home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage (.547) while also adding 14 doubles, 45 runs scored and 23 walks. He was a go-to reliever out of the bullpen with a team-high 22 appearances and nine saves. He struck out 31 in 39 2/3 innings and held opponents to just a .191 batting average.
Milam is the second Freshman All-American under head coach Eric Valenzuela. Zach Kirtley earned the honor in 2015. Milam's marks for home runs and RBIs were among the top-10 single season performances in modern day Saint Mary's baseball history.
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